August 7, 2021
Registration ends August 5
549 Glenwood Drive NE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Porch to Torch 5K, 25th anniversary celebration activities
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Join us for a morning of family fun celebrating the historic Olympic torch run through Gainesville.
25th anniversary celebration activities
8 a.m. – Porch to Torch 5k and Fun Run @ City Park, Gainesville
The front porch has long been recognized as representing the ideals of family, community, and hospitality; a place where neighborhoods and communities gather, stories are told, and dreams imagined. In 1996 our community opened our front porch hospitality to the world for the Olympic Games. Now, 25 years later, you are invited to step off your porch and onto those same roads that welcomed the Olympic flame in 1996.
Celebrate 25 years of Olympic legacy by running or walking much of the same path the official Olympic torch traversed through Gainesville in 1996. Starting at City Park and traveling through the street surrounding Brenau University (with a visit through the Northeast Georgia History Center). Both 5k and 1-mile course options are available. This out and back course will have a water station that can be visited at roughly the 1-mile and 2-mile marks.
Spectators and participants are invited to take part in the Olympic Village during and after the race. Explore official 1996 Olympic memorabilia, take part in versions of Olympic games for the kiddos, interact with some of our partner organizations and enjoy treats from Kona Ice. The Olympic Village continues until 10 am.
6 p.m. – Olympic Celebration @ Lake Lanier Olympic Park
This is a ticketed event.
Start the evening by touring through the regions of the world represented by the Olympic Rings: Europe, Africa, The Americas, Asia and Australia. Experience live entertainment depicting historic Olympic moments and cultural dance. After experiencing these Olympic memories, stay for one of Atlanta’s top party bands, “We’ve Got the Beat,” and finish the night with a grand fireworks display.
This event is a fundraiser for Lake Lanier Olympic Park with table sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets available. More information and tickets.